St Jude's Catholic Primary School

St Jude's Catholic Primary School

"Together, we learn, love and grow with Jesus"

Welcome to Reception Class

Welcome to our Reception Class Information Page. On this page you will find our curriculum plan, our latest termly class newsletter, details of our homework projects for this half term and any other information about what we will be doing soon! At the bottom of this page is our news and photo gallery.

In Reception Class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework is based upon four themes:

  • A Unique Child – developing resilient, capable, confident and self assured individuals
  • Positive Relationships – supporting the children in becoming strong and independent self assured individuals
  • Enabling Environments – where opportunities respond to individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents/carers
  • Learning and Development – acknowledging that children learn in different ways and at different rates

More information on the EYFS framework and how it is delivered at St Jude's is included in our Early Years Policy which can be found on our General Policies page.  

Curriculum Plan and Homework

So that you everyone knows what we will be learning about this year, below is our curriculum plan. 

To support our classroom learning, each half term Miss Oxenham will give us a homework project.  

This is the homework organiser for this term.

Termly Class Newsletter

Each term Miss Oxenham will send parents a newsletter.  Here is our most recent newsletter:-

What are Reception learning this term?

Phonics and reading


Systematic daily phonics is taught following the Letters and Sounds Programme throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1. Pupils are grouped according to ability within each class. Progress is tracked throughout the year and groupings adjusted accordingly. Pupils in Year 1 have a National Phonics Screening Test in June. Pupils who do not achieve the expected standard re-sit the test the following year when they are in Y2.
Pupils in Year 2 who have completed Phase 5 (Letters and Sounds), begin No nonsense Spelling. This programme is taught throughout Key Stage 2.


We use a variety of reading schemes throughout Key Stage One to cater for all needs – Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy Phonics and the X Project.

If you have any questions or would like any further information about the curriculum or how you can further support your child's learning at home then please speak to your child's class teacher.
If you would like any copies of the documents on this page, the school office will be happy to print them for you.

Reception Class News & Photo Gallery

Chime Music service

Reception have enjoyed their first chime music lesson.

Reception Autumn homework projects

Reception have been learning about 'our body'. Look at all the wonderful projects they created at home.


Reception have been investigating how to make shadows. They have enjoyed making their own shadows using puppets and their hands.



Reception have been learning about the artist Arcimboldo and have used fruits and vegetables to create their own art work.

Maths Station 

Reception have worked together to build the new outdoor maths station. They have had lots of fun exploring the new resources.


September 2020

Reception have had a fun first week in school.

November 2020

Reception have been learning the 'Owl Babies' story through talk for write.

They wanted to find out more information about owls and used the internet and books to research facts about them.

They have enjoyed making their own pine cone owls and play dough owls.

November 2020

Reception were so excited to find out that a pirate had been to school. 

They enjoyed making their own pirate hats and going on a treasure hunt to find the missing treasure. 

December 2020

Reception have been investigating magnets and predicting which objects attract and repel.

January 2021

We have had a fun few days in snow, the children enjoyed mixing colours, making their own snowmen and igloos.

They investigated different ways to melt the ice and investigated different ways to freeze water to make their own ice. 

January 2021

Our topic this term is homes. The children have enjoyed learning about different types of homes and comparing them with different homes around the world.

They have designed their own homes and made them using junk modelling.

February 2021

Reception have enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year. They enjoyed taking part in the dragon dance, trying Chinese food, making lanterns and good luck envelopes.

February 2021


Reception have really enjoyed their first charanga music session.

They took part in keeping the beat going using different actions and instruments.